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What Is Osteoporosis? What You Need to Know

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How Can I Prevent Osteoporosis? continued...

Get plenty of vitamin D. Vitamin D is necessary for the body to absorb calcium. While being out in the sun 20 minutes each day helps your body get vitamin D, more research is showing that people may get too little of this vitamin, particularly in the wintertime. You can also get vitamin D from:

  • eggs
  • fatty fish like salmon
  • cereal
  • milk fortified with vitamin D
  • supplements

Guidelines from the Institute of Medicine call for increasing the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of vitamin D to 600 international units (IU) for everyone aged 1-70, and raising it to 800 IU for adults older than 70 to optimize bone health.

 

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 24, 2013
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